Scholarly Activities of Library Faculty 2010/2011

The CSI Library Faculty continue to be active in scholarly activities which include publishing articles and books, seeking grants to support their research, and participating in regional, national,  and international conferences and symposia.  Below are some highlights of their accomplishments during the 2010/2011 academic year.

Jonathan Cope transitioned from Instructor to Assistant Professor as of September 1, 2011, after completing his second graduate degree, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center.  He wrote a chapter entitled, “Information literacy and social power,” in the book Critical Library Instruction: Theories and Methods, 2010, edited by M.T. Accardi, E. Drabinski, & A. Kumbier.  Cope also co-chaired the Library Association of CUNY (LACUNY)  Instruction Committee Event entitled, Critical Library Instruction:  The Challenge of Practice,” held at the Graduate Center, CUNY, in April 2011.  He also presented a paper entitled, Critical thinking and the one-shot library instruction session: The challenge of 45 minutes,” at the SUNY Library Association’s Annual Conference, held at the College at Brockport, in Brockport, New York, on June 2010.

Professor Ewa Dzurak was awarded a PSC-CUNY Grant, Research Award Program #40 for her research on comparative history of three Polish academic libraries. She wrote an article entitled, Antecedents of Warsaw Public Library,” from the journal, Library and Information History, volume 27(1), pages 17-31;  co-authored with Kasprzyk Agnieszka,  Metamorphosis of academic libraries in post-communist Poland: Focusing on access,that was published in the Journal of Academic Librarianship, volume 36, issue 4, pages 354-358.  Dzurak has been the co-chair for the Library Association of CUNY (LACUNY) International Relations Round Table from 2009 to the present.

Professor James Kaser published his book, The Chicago of Fiction: A Research Guide and was published by Scarecrow Press in January 2011.

He was also awarded a PSC-CUNY Grant:  Research Award Program #40, for his research for his book “New Orleans in Fiction: An Annotated Bibliography.” While on Sabbatical, he also presented two papers entitled,  A History of Land Use of the Willowbrook State School Site,” at the Staten Island in American History and 21st-Century Education Conference, at the College of Staten Island (March 2011) and  The History of the Ohio Swiss Festival,” at the Midwest American Culture Association Conference, held in Minneapolis, Minnesota (April 2011).

Professor Wilma L. Jones published an article entitled, Re-Engaging/Engaging Part-time Librarians,” in the journal, College & Undergraduate Libraries, volume 18, issue 1, pages 37-43.

Professors James Kaser, Rachel Jirka, and Amy Stempler co-authored a book chapter entitled, Civic and Political Lifethat appeared in the book, Discovering Staten Island: The 350th Anniversary Commemorative Volume, 2011, edited by Kenneth M. Gold and Lori R. Weintrob.

Professor Mark Aaron Polger published two articles entitled, Student Preference in Library Web Site Vocabulary,” in the journal, Library Philosophy and Practice, annual issue, pages 1-16 and The Informationist: Ten Years Later,” from the Journal of Hospital Librarianship, volume 10, issue 4, pages 363 – 379.

Polger also facilitated a roundtable discussion with Professor Karen Okamoto (John Jay College, CUNY) entitled, Librarians Who Promote: The Importance of Marketing and Public Relations in Academic Libraries,” at the ACRL National Conference, held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on March 30 – April 2, 2011.  At the same conference, they presented a poster  entitled, Marketing & Outreach Librarian Job Advertisements: A Descriptive Analysis”.

From May 4-June 4, 2011, Polger traveled to Shanghai, China to participate in the CUNY-Shanghai Library Faculty Exchange Program at Shanghai University.  His residency was awarded by the Library Association of CUNY International Relations Roundtable and CUNY’s Office of Library Services.

Professor Amy Stempler presented a conference paper entitled, New York’s Forgotten Jews,” at the SI 350 Academic Conference/Education Symposium, held at the College of Staten Island/ CUNY, on March 20, 2011. She also presented a conference paper entitled, The role of university presses in the publishing of Jewish Studies scholarship,” at the Midwest Jewish Studies Association peer-reviewed conference, held at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, on October 10, 2010.

Professors Judy Xiao, Deborah Goss, Mark Aaron Polger, Amy Stempler, and HEO Assistant Tony Gallego wrote a proposal entitled, “CSI Library Information Literacy Online Tutorial Project,” and were awarded a  CELT Teaching with Technology Mini-Grant for 2011/2012.  Xiao also wrote an article entitled, Integrating Information Literacy into BlackBoard: Librarian-Faculty Collaboration for Successful Student Learning,” from the journal, Library Management, volume 31, issue 8/9, pages 654-668. In addition, at the beginning of 2011, Xiao was elected for a one-year Presidential term for the Chinese American Librarians Association, Northeast Chapter (CALA/NE).  She also coordinated the “Future Development and Service of Global Children’s Librarianship Conference”, which took place on August 8-10, 2011 in New York City.  The conference was sponsored by CALA and the Library Society of China, and hosted by 4 libraries in NYC


Compiled by:

Wilma L. Jones, Ph.D.
Professor and Chief Librarian